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How to See Fairies by Charles van Sandwyk

Video Review How to See Fairies editions Today’s post covers the various editions of Charles van Sandwyk’s delightful book ‘How to See Fairies’, including the 1999 collector’s boxed set and the trade edition of the book, as well as with the 2018 Folio Society collection of tales, and the original Read more…

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The Eerie Viking Art of Johan Egerkrans

Johan Egerkrans is the Swedish illustrator of a set of books on Norse Gods, Swedish fair folk, and creatures of world folklore. He combines a dark hard-edged imagination with the whimsy of Johan Bauer and Arthur Rackham.

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Penguin’s Foiled F. Scott Fitzgerald series

Introduction This collection of F Scott Fitzgerald’s works was designed for Penguin by the brilliant Coralie Bickford-Smith to mark the anniversary of Fitzgerald’s death. Coralie designed the delightful Art Deco cover patterns to evoke the elegance and glamour of the jazz age depicted in the stories, with the “sense of Read more…

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Grahame Johnstone’s ‘Finding Out’ Fables

Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone illustrated several stunning series of myths, legends and folk tales for 5 years of Finding Out Magazine, some of which never appeared elsewhere…

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Grahame Johnstone Twins: Finding Out Magazine Bibliography

About ‘Finding Out’ Magazine ‘Finding Out: A Modern Library of Education in Weekly Parts’ was a British weekly educational magazine for children, first published by Purnell & Sons Ltd in 1962. In 1967, the magazine amalgamated with its competitor Look and Learn. Prior to the amalgamation, it appeared every week Read more…

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Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated Bibliography

Introduction There are several hundreds of different illustrated versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Including them all in this list would be a daunting task, and to my mind maybe not so useful, as some are much more beautiful than others. The illustrated bibliography below therefore Read more…

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Collecting Junior Deluxe Editions

Ahhh – who doesn’t love a stack of cheap and cheerful vintage children’s books? Do you know how many books there were in this classic series of the 1950s and 60s? And which ones have multiple covers, multiple illustrators, and even in one case two different authors? This video includes Read more…

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The Art of the Australian Fairy

I’d like to introduce you to a collection of literary magical fairy beings of the sort that typically feature prominently in pan-European fairy tales but here are living in the Australian bush…

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